Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 for the love of art

Fort Kochi.

The place that carries with it the delectable scent of salt, spices and the richness of history.

The much coveted walk from Aspinwall House in Fort Kochi, through the old spice market on Bazaar Road all the way to Mattancherry, takes you right through the sands of time.

The waters that lap the shores along Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi

But when South Asia's largest contemporary art exhibition comes calling, there's little you can do to resist.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the art exhibition held biennially, as its name suggests, has grown into one of the biggest attractions of Fort Kochi. The art festival features works by more than 97 artists from 31 countries across the world and is showcased in 12 venues around the city.

Bose Krishnamachari, President of the Kochi Biennale Foundation and Director of the Muziris Biennale 2016, speaks about the melting pot of artists that the event has metamorphosed into.

The exhibition has works of several renowned artists on display.

One of the most noted works was "The Sea of Pain" by Chilean artist Raul Zurita. Based on the Syrian conflict and specifically on Aylan Kurdi, the boy whose body was washed ashore in September 2015, the artist tries to embody the reality of the war on terror.

The artist ensured that visitors read the writing on the wall, with their feet immersed in seawater

Another brilliant work of art titled "Dance of Death" by Indian artist Yardena Kurulkar, consists of flickering bulbs, which at a particular angle, display the exact date on which the artist was born. Through this work, the artist aims to create an imagery of confrontation between life and death.

The "Old City Puzzle" features an entire wall dedicated to the city of Hyderabad with its beautiful monuments, historic monuments, temples, markets, institutions, eateries and public spaces

American artist Gary Hill, described by many as the founding father of video art, exhibited several works of art based on the technique of glass blowing and its results using multimedia.

Broken shards of blown glass with written text show the pieces that came out wrong in the process

In the above exhibit by the same artist, the bottle shows the image of how it was blown into formation.

Another of his creations, titled "Dream Stop" gives the visitor a surreal experience as he/she enters the hall. This work is created using visuals from 31 video cameras and 31 projectors.

"The Dream Stop"

In collaboration with the Muziris Biennale, works of several artists from Kerala, who had passed out from the Trivandrum College of Arts, were also exhibited in the Museum of Kerala History as collateral.

K.P. Krishnakumar, K.M. Madhusudhanan, Surendran Nair, C.K. Rajan and N.N. Rimzon were the artists whose works were on display. The works are mostly created from pen and ink, charcoal and acrylic.

The Muziris Biennale in pictures...

The Biennale will run for 108 days, until the curtains fall on March 29, 2017.

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